A day off not really

by Joanne on April 13, 2010

I had every intention of taking Monday off, the day after my first half marathon.  It was a reward to myself. It turned out to be a 3/4 day off.

It was suppose to be a day I slept in. That didn’t happen. When Ted got up, he didn’t take Shane downstairs with him.  For some reason, only known to Shane, it’s ok that Ted stays in bed when I get up but I am NOT allowed to stay in bed if Ted gets up.  Shane whines and whines and nuzzles me with his nose.  At 5 AM I gave in, got up and we went for a 4.67 mile walk. 

That left foot (the ball of my foot) was achy as we approached home.  It seems to be an on-off kind of a bruise pain. 

I made some Tasty Hemp Banana Muffins (below) then took the bike out for a spin. That’s when I ended up at work for a few hours.


It was 10 miles there and 10 miles back. 20 mile bike ride-yaho0!. The ride to work wasn’t bad at all.  The ride FROM work was tough.  The wind was strong and blowing me either back or sideways. Twice it almost felt like it would knock me off.   It took me 43 minutes to ride to work and about an hour to get home. 

This weeks work out plan was changed due to foot pain.  As for soreness, I’m not sore at all from my run.   That’s good and bad:  Good being that I’m in good condition.  Bad being that maybe I didn’t push myself hard enough yesterday.  I really have to learn to be patient with myself, after all it was my FIRST half.   The next one, May 23rd will be better AND it’s local.  Yes, I’m already signed up for round two (as per suggested by my Triathlete coach).  There IS a masochistic side to me.

This weeks completed and intended workouts:

  • Monday:  Walk just under 5 miles + 20 mile bike ride.
  • Tuesday:  45 minutes cross train (ET) + 30 min. Leg training w/weights + 3.39 mile walk with Shane.
  • Wednesday:  40 minute treadmill run (if the foot is painless) + 30 minutes weights + 45 minute walk
  • Thursday:  45 minute cross train + 25 minute weights + short 3 –4 mile run if foot is ok.
  • Friday:  Relax – walk
  • Saturday:  Run what ever distance strikes my fancy.
  • Sunday:  Walk and probably some cycling.


My foot felt better today during our walk.  It’s a little achy but definitely on the mend.

What are your workout plans?


Tasty Hemp-Banana Muffins – Makes 12 large muffins


  • 1 1/2 cups White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Hulled Hemp Seed (you could substitute flaxseed meal)
  • 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal (uncooked) (you could substitute oats or bran cereal)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed (*you need the high moisture of brown sugar in the recipe)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 cup sliced almonds (optional)
  • 6 oz Greek Yogurt (honey flavored if possible or with fruit)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 mashed over ripe bananas

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Spray 12 muffin tins with non-stick baking spray.

Mix all your dry ingredients together from the wheat flour to the almonds (if using).


In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients from the yogurt to the bananas.

Pour the wet into the dry ingredients and just mix until it’s all moistened. 


Fill muffin tins and bake 25 minutes.  Make sure the knife comes out clean but don’t over cook.


Note that the fat in these muffins isn’t coming from any oil or butter but comes from your hulled hemp seed, sliced almonds, and eggs.  The other fat replacement or rather ingredient that adds tenderness is the bananas.   The brown sugar is important because it adds moisture to the muffins.


Have you ever tried Hemp seed?  Do you prefer hemp seed or flax seed?


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    • At 2010.04.13 09:38, Dawn Hutchins said:

      You sound like me on my days off. I plan to lay on the couch and watch movies but end up baking, taking the dogs walking, cleaning, getting errands done.
      LOVE the banana muffin recipe. (an the fact that there’s yogurt rather than butter). I just made Chris banana bread that I won’t eat. White flour and a whole STICK of butter.
      .-= Dawn Hutchins´s last blog ..Seeds of Change =-.

      • At 2010.04.13 11:43, Joanne said:


        • At 2010.04.13 11:57, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

          first off the muffins look great. love that there is hemp in them. next up, pepsi is the same way. as soon as dad i up she wants me up-grrrrr i can’t stand it 🙁
          love that you rode your new bike and what a perfect amount-20 miles!
          i think you need to rest though 🙂

          • At 2010.04.13 13:15, Joanne said:

            I know. I have all this “after-math” of energy. I’ll probably crash soon.

            • At 2010.04.13 13:21, Nicole. RD said:

              I’ve never tried hemp seeds, but I love flax!! Mmmm mmm!!

              Lily does the same as Shane. Hubby is allowed to sleep in but not me. UGH! Dogs are full-time kids!! Great ride! Off to read about your 1/2! I’m assuming you recapped, anyways!
              .-= Nicole. RD´s last blog ..Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese =-.

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